Hey Jude / Revolution 7″ Single

 

UK Release Date 30 August 1968
UK Catalogue Number Apple R 5722
Weeks On UK Chart (to date) 28 (All releases)
Peak UK Chart Position 1 (For 2 weeks)
Lowest Matrix Numbers 7XCE 21185-1 / 7XCE 21186-1

 

Released on 30 August 1968 this was the first single on The Beatles own Apple label. It spent 2 weeks at number one in the UK charts though in the US it spent an incredible 9 weeks at number one, the longest of any of their singles. It was also the first number one single by any band to feature the F word, have a listen 2.56 in where Paul hits a wrong chord. I have 7 copies on 7″ single, the 5 listed below and 2 more in singles box sets. I also have 2 12″ versions on vinyl, the standard version and a 12″ picture disc, details of those can be found here

 

First Press

The pictures below are of my first press copy that has the matrix numbers 7XCE 21185-1 and 7XCE 21186-1 and a KT tax code. You’ll see it has a dark Apple label and also the Sold in UK….. text across the push out centre – second presses from mid 1969 did not have this text. The record does have some light surface marks but plays very well, there’s the odd bit of feint crackle and the odd light tick. The Apple sleeve suffers from some ring wear and creasing, especially at the opening

Estimated Value : £3 – £5

 

Third Press

The pictures below are of my third press copy dating from late 1970 to 1973 that also has the matrix numbers 7XCE 21185-1 and 7XCE 21186-1. You’ll see it has a lighter green Apple label and a large copyright P next to 1968 at 9 o’clock on the label. If it had a centre there would be no Sold in UK… text written across it. Despite having more marks and being not as shiney it actually plays slightly better than the one above, just the odd bit of feint crackle. At the moment it is housed in a plain sleeve

Estimated Value : £2 – £3

 

Fourth Press (Green Sleeve)

In March 1976 all the Beatles singles were re released in new picture sleeves. I believe there is no difference at all in any of these pressings but, for the record, mine has the matrix numbers  7XCE 21185-1 and 7XCE 21186-1. Both the record, just some odd very feint crackle, and the sleeve are in excellent condition.

Estimated Value : £5

 

Picture Disc

Released on 30 August 1988 as part of the It Was Twenty Years Ago Today series. Being a picture disc I have never played it but it appears to be in excellent condition. Mine still has the original insert

It was also released on 12″ picture disc that I also have (see the 12″ section)

Estimated Value : £20 – £25

 

Capitol For Jukebox Only

In 1994 Capitol issued 15 Beatles singles on coloured vinyl in jukebox only style under their CEMA banner (they issued another 15 in 1996). Below is my copy of Hey Jude on blue vinyl. Being on coloured vinyl I have never played it but it appears to be in excellent condition. It comes in a plain white sleeve.

Estimated Value : £10

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